Stage and scope largely supplanting the balletic gunishment we've come to know/love Woo for. To be fair to him, it's early days with this one and there's certainly enough guile to suggest the greatness to come. Also; very, very bloody.
Audacious in every sense of the word. Hypnotic, nightmarish, hazy and hilarious. Every frame is thick with sound and colour (Jóhannsson's score phwooar). A mix of Jodorowsky, Tobe Hooper etc etc...
Andrea Riseborough is fucking great.
A blood drenched Nic Cage is enjoying his second coming, and it's delightful to see the borderline straight to DVD acting style that fuels his self-made renaissance has brought him to the forefront of people's minds again.
Cosmatos' nightmare odyssey is also best shared with others in a packed cinema screen. A rare thing to say these days.
A surgically crafted love story, an intoxicating period piece on the individual imperfections and abnormalities of long term love and romance.
Paul Thomas Anderson continues his cinematic obsession with lost individuals finding meaning and happiness by connecting with others, only this time within Phantom Thread he somewhat subverts it.
He observes that love is often akin to an imperfect dance, a playground of childlike insults, a void in which you often see the absolute worst parts of eachother and yourselves.…